THE WORLD TO COME
Father’s chosen and faithful elect are growing spiritually by leaps and bounds, despite the darkness that covers the earth and the hearts of some people. The Sower, which is the Spirit of the Lord, is sowing the precious Seed of the Kingdom of God in the earth. The target for that Seed, which is the Word of the Kingdom, is the hearts of Father’s faithful elect. But some of that Seed is falling into the hearts of those who are standing on the outer fringes of what God is doing today. They are more like curious onlookers rather than real participants in the highly spiritual matters of the Kingdom of God. Jesus referred to them as “by the way side” believers: “And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts” (Mark 4:15).
Other believers have hearts that are described as being like “stony ground.” And we all know that nothing much can grow on stony ground! This group of believers could hear the Word of the Kingdom and receive it, but there is no spiritual depth within them, so that when the necessary affliction or persecution arises, they are immediately offended (meaning, to be enticed to sin or go into apostasy). Jesus said of them, “And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended” (Mk. 4:16-17).
The Seed of the Word of the Kingdom, when sown into the hearts of God’s people, must go through affliction and persecution to test that Word and its potential within us. It is “for the word’s sake” that affliction and persecution comes into our lives! The purpose for the tests and trials in our lives is to determine if that Kingdom Seed was properly planted within us, and if it is planted in the fertile “soil” of our hearts, where it is to be mixed with the necessary living faith of God. Some believers have hearts of “stony ground,” so that when the necessary affliction and persecution arises to test the planting of that Word, they are immediately offended.
The word “affliction,” as used in the scripture above, means pressure, whether literal or figurative, while the word “persecution,” means just that. We are all under intense pressure, whether literal or figurative, including spiritual pressure. That “pressure” may take many different forms and manifestations in our lives, but if we are going through it, we will know it. No explanation of that “pressure” is needed, for we are all fully aware of what it means, if the Word of the Kingdom has truly been planted deeply within us. No need to tell a sick man he is sick! He knows it by his experiences! In the same way, it is not necessary to tell a saint of the Lord what “pressure” means or what it is doing in their lives. Neither need we explain what is meant by “persecution!” If you are going through it, you already know it and understand what it is doing in your life! And we should know also, that both “pressure” and “persecution” will produce a good, beneficial, fruitful and spiritual effect in our lives, for the glory of the Lord and the advancement of His Kingdom in the earth.
Others are described as having “thorns” in the
soil of their hearts, which interferes with the growth of the Kingdom Seed,
just as thorns, thistles and weeds of every kind disrupt the growth of the abundant
fruit of the soils of this earth. Such a believer can “hear” the
Word of the Kingdom, but they are not able to turn away from the world and its
deceitful attractions. Jesus said this about them: “And these are they
which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world,
and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in,
choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful” (Mk. 4:18-19). These three
groups represent people in the world today. They are believers who walked with
the Lord for a time in church order, but who cannot find it within themselves
to embrace the greater truths of the Kingdom of God, including the wonderful
truth that the new order of the Kingdom of God is coming to the earth in the
Person of Christ, the resurrected and glorified King of Glory (see Lu. 17:20-30-37)!
Many believers today cannot make the transition from church order to Kingdom order. Nor can they make the necessary, spiritual changes, which would prepare them to embrace the new thing Father is doing today. Some of them are standing “by the way side.” They may “see” the new Kingdom “land” from afar, but they do not have sufficient spiritual life within them to make the transition. Others have hearts that are like “stony ground.” Nothing can grow there, just as nothing much will grow on the stony ground of the soils of this earth. This is especially true of the precious Seed of the Kingdom of God! The hearts of others are like soil that is full of thorns, briars and weeds, which will prevent beneficial, fruitful plants from growing and bearing fruit. And many other believers are busy with the things of this world. The cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches and the lusts of other things have entered into their hearts, choking the Kingdom Word and making them unfruitful! The hearts of many believers today are just like our blessed Lord said they would be. I would like to believe it is not true, but it is! One anointed prophet of the Lord even declared that some prophets would fall with the people during the night (see Hos. 4:5). And that is also taking place during this night of nights! Not only is all this the truth, but it is stated clearly and prophetically by Him Who is the Truth and the Life personified!
And yet, despite all this negative truth concerning most “Christians,” Father has an elect remnant in the earth today who are walking closely with Him, doing all His will and fulfilling the prophetic Word of the Lord! I am blessed to be associated with them! I pray these writings will encourage them, just as they encourage me. May the precious Truth that burns so brightly in my spirit, do a work within all who read these lines, just as He is doing in me! And may we all cling steadfastly to the Truth, as we know Him, despite all the negativity around us every day! All this spiritual darkness will not destroy us or weaken us, it will only encourage us to go onward and upward in Christ to gain the Prize before us! The wise man said, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small” (Pro. 24:10, AMP). Our Strength is not small; we are in Christ and our strength is as His! Therefore, we will not faint during this night, or “day of adversity,” but will remain strong in the Lord! “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee” (Ps. 91:7). Some around us will fall at our side and many others will fall at our right hand, but we will not “fall,” for such failure shall not come near any one of the elect! Let others all around us do what they must, we will follow the Lord very closely, knowing we shall gain the Prize! And when we do gain the Prize, the little one that we are, “shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time” (Is. 60:22).
No doubt, we may all feel as Job did, when he said, “When I lie down I say, When shall I arise and the night be gone? And I am full of tossing to and fro till the dawning of the day” (Job 7:4, AMP). The dawning of the new Kingdom Day is just before us! We will soon arise from this darkness, and the night will be gone! Until then, we may, as it were, toss to and fro until the dawning of the new, Kingdom Day! Of course, we are anxious for the night to end and the Day to finally dawn, but all things must take place in the Kingdom of God according to the due order of God (see 1 Chron. 15:13, 1 Chron. 23:31, 1 Cor. 14:40 & 1 Cor. 15:23)! In the fullness of time, this night will end, and the glorious Light of Christ shall prevail everywhere! Then, we will be able to say with the psalmist, “I have remembered thy name, O LORD, IN THE NIGHT, and have kept thy law” (Ps. 119:55). `
During this night of nights, we will do as this anointed Word declares, with the promised benefits to follow: “Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion” (Ps. 134). And, “YE SHALL HAVE A SONG, AS IN THE NIGHT when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe TO COME INTO THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD, TO THE MIGHTY ONE OF ISRAEL” (Is. 30:29). We do have a song to sing during this night of holy worship unto the Lord our God, and gladness of heart, when we go up to the mountain of the Lord, to worship Him Who is the mighty One of Israel! How blessed we are!
Christ - The Only Remedy for Spiritual Darkness
The only antidote or remedy for spiritual darkness is light! And that light can only be the lustrous Light of Christ, Who is within us, and Who, by the absolute power of the Light that He is, shall turn this long, dark night into endless Day! We also know, “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Ps. 30:5, see also Joel 1:13, Amos 5:8, Micah 3:5-6, Zech. 14:6-9, John 9:4, Ro. 13:12 & 1 Thess. 5:5-8). Christ and Christ alone, is the remedy the world is waiting for! Without Him, nothing anywhere will ever change! But with Him, everything everywhere will change for the better! And as we face the many changes necessary at the introduction of this new Kingdom Day, we are prepared to be changed ourselves, that we might have a part in that which Father is doing, which is to bring the fullness of His Kingdom to Earth.
Father has an elect remnant in the earth today, who are obediently, patiently and faithfully following the Lord. They are eating His flesh and drinking His blood (see our July, 2005 booklet). They are walking a path similar to the one Jesus, the first Son, walked while on this earth. And they are growing spiritually to be like Christ! How do we know we are growing? By this anointed, prophetic Word given by Jesus, Who said, “And THESE ARE THEY which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred” (Mk. 4:20). All the elect are part of this fruit-bearing company! “These are they...,” whose hearts are of the “good ground” variety! The “soil” of their hearts has been nurtured, fertilized, watered and cultivated by our Heavenly Father, Who is the master Husbandman in the Kingdom of God, making the “soil” of their hearts the richest available, and fully preparing them to bring forth the spiritual fruit of the Kingdom of God!
Whether we bring forth thirty-fold, sixty-fold or one hundred-fold fruit, we are faithful, fruit-bearing sons of the living God! We will bring forth Kingdom fruit according to the plan and purpose of God for each one of us. Father has put us in the fruit-bearing category that is the highest and the best for each one of us. He is the Husbandman of this vineyard! If He sees we could bring forth more fruit, our Father will purge us and prune us some more, causing us to produce more of that precious, Kingdom fruit!
The spiritual process that made us what we are now is one that is familiar to all farmers. Jesus described this process, which is now working in our lives, when He said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:1-5).
The purgings, the prunings and the processings of our Father are continuing and increasing. The Kingdom “branch” that we are, must be pruned and purged so we will bring forth fruit. And then, when we do bring forth some fruit, we will be purged and pruned some more, causing us to bear even more fruit. We may suppose that we have “arrived” when we bring forth thirty-fold fruit in the Kingdom of God. But total and complete fruitfulness from our lives is what our Father wants, and total fruitfulness is what He will have! When the purging, the pruning, and the processing continues and even increases, we must certainly know the reason. Our Father, Who is the Husbandman in this Kingdom vineyard, is causing us to grow spiritually, drawing us nearer to His heart and making us one with Himself! He is joining us more completely to Himself, so that we will always ABIDE IN HIM. The Kingdom principle here is: “He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” Our Father is preparing us for greater fruitfulness in His glorious and spiritual Kingdom of Love! And what can we do but yield to Him!
Without the Lord we can do nothing! This has always been true, but it is even more true in this new Kingdom Day! What a drastic change this is from the old church order, where man’s works prevailed over all! The church system is full of the religious works of man. But in this new Kingdom Day, the work of the Lord shall prevail, and the spiritual man shall then enter into Kingdom rest, which is THE TRUE REST OF THE LORD! Man’s works endured during the day of man, but the night has come when man shall work no more! Our blessed Lord said, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4). This is a night similar to the one Jesus referred to! It is a night of spiritual darkness when no man will be able to work! The works of man shall have no part in the Kingdom of God! As it was with Jesus, so it must be with us as well! We too “must work the works of him that sent” us! No other work should be done! The only work to be done now must be spiritual Work; it must be the Father’s pure and undefiled, spiritual Work, which is the Work of the Kingdom of God!
The Will, Plan and Purpose of God: Thy Kingdom Come
The Work of the Kingdom of God at this time is described in “Our Prayer,” which is the prayer Jesus taught us to pray. The portion of the prayer that applies to the present, and which we are told to pray, says this: “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Mt. 6:10). This must be the prayer we will pray, and it also must be the desire of our hearts. If we are truly walking and living in obedience to the will of our Father, the primary desire of our hearts will be “Thy kingdom come.” While our own personal desire, goal or ambition is to be changed into the glorious image and heavenly likeness of Christ, by the glory of His appearing, OUR CORPORATE GOAL MUST BE THE COMING OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD TO THE EARTH! When we pray “Our Prayer,” as Jesus taught us to do, we will realize that the first and original purpose of our Father is expressed in the words, “THY KINGDOM COME!”
In the Kingdom of God, all personal matters and individual interests must give way to the greater purpose of God! And “Our Prayer,” which is incorrectly called “The Lord’s Prayer,” expresses the Divine order, or the true spiritual order, of our Heavenly Father! When we pray this prayer, we begin it by acknowledging our relationship with Him, as well as the holiness of God and our reverence for Him. Then, we express the main purpose of our Father for His creation and for the world, by praying, “Thy Kingdom Come!” That is Father’s supreme purpose for His creation! And it must be ours as well! Every other purpose, plan and interest must be secondary to the greater purpose of our Father, which is that His Kingdom come to Earth!
Our personal, individual transformation is a vital part of Father’s wonderful plan for His creation. Yet, our personal transformation, while being a part of our Father’s supreme purpose, which is that His Kingdom come to the earth, must take its place in the greater, overall, supreme purpose of our Father! “Our Prayer,” when prayed as we are told to do, fully expresses our Father’s Heavenly, spiritual order. The first purpose, the number one purpose, in the Divine order of things is that His Kingdom come to earth! All other heavenly purposes must take their places, after the first, original purpose, according to God’s order of things for His Kingdom! And when the Kingdom of God comes to the earth, our change, or our bodily transformation, from this body of flesh and blood to that new Body that is just like His, will also take place. We shall be changed when we see Christ as He is! And we shall see Christ as He is when the Kingdom of God fully comes to the earth! Our transformation is a vital part of the coming of the Kingdom to the earth! And the Kingdom of God can only come to Earth in the Person of Christ, our Savior, the One Who is transforming us!
When we pray “Our Prayer” in the order given, we are laying aside all personal ambitions, desires and wishes, and are setting a high priority on the Plan and Purpose of our Father. His Plan and Purpose is all that matters to us! And that Divine Plan and Purpose is: ‘THY KINGDOM COME!” In light of these truths, we should ask ourselves these pertinent questions: Why do we want to be transformed? Is it to exalt ourselves? Is it to prove to others we have known that we were right all along? Is it to show some of our former religious friends that our doctrines were right and theirs were wrong? Is it to display our own accomplishments to the rest of the world? Do we have a personal agenda that we think needs to be upheld before the world? If any of these questions can be answered in the affirmative, we need to surrender our own personal desires to the Lord, repent of them, and yield our own will and purpose to the greater Will and Purpose of our Father in Heaven!
When the Will of our Father in Heaven becomes our will, His Plan becomes our plan, and His Purpose becomes our purpose, then we may pray with living faith, deep conviction and harmony of Purpose, “THY KINGDOM COME!” And when His Kingdom has fully come, all our own personal needs will be met as well, especially our great need to be changed into His Glorious image and Heavenly likeness! Where is His Kingdom to come and where is His will to be done? Right here IN THIS EARTH, and in all the rest of the earth as well! After “Thy kingdom come,” the next purpose of God in “Our Prayer” is declared to be: “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” His Kingdom shall come to the earth, and it is coming even NOW to all the earth. It is coming to the earth in general and also to our own earth, for His Will has become our will, His Plan has become our plan and His Purpose has become our purpose, making us a new creation in Christ!
What is Meant by A New Heaven and A New Earth
Our Father changes the order on earth and in the literal heavens by bringing forth a new spiritual Heaven! Changes that were first made in the spiritual Heaven shall then be made in the literal heavens and on this earth by our Father, in harmony with His chosen sons who are called to do all their Father’s will. His will shall be done, first in the spiritual Heaven and then in the literal heavens and also on earth, resulting in a new literal heaven and a new literal earth! John said, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away” (Rev. 21:1). There is a natural, literal heaven of this universe (the sky above the earth), also called in scripture “the firmament,” and there also is a spiritual Heaven, the realm of Father’s dominion, as well as this literal earth (this terra firma)! Each new spiritual Heaven changes both the literal heavens (the sky or atmosphere), as well as the literal earth (this terra firma). For each new world order, there are two heavens and one earth. The new, spiritual Heaven comes forth first (1 - it already has), and contains within it all the Divine truths and principles necessary to bring forth a new literal heaven (2), and a new literal earth (3), resulting in a new age, a new world, a new world order, or a new kosmos.
The Bible also tells us there are to be three worlds or age-worlds, with each world governed by its own spiritual Heaven! Peter mentioned two of them in his anointed prophecy (2 Peter 3:3-7). But we all know there must be at least one more world to come (as in vs. 13). There truly is a better world coming! The first two worlds have passed away and are passing away, along with the old Heavens that governed them, while the new spiritual Heaven, or the third, spiritual Heaven, is even now coming into view. The principles of this present, third Heaven are even now guiding all the elect on a new path, which is the new Kingdom walk, by the Spirit! And when the third, spiritual Heaven has done its administrative and creative work, the new World, or the third world order, which includes a new heaven (the literal sky or atmosphere) and a new literal earth (this terra firma), will then come forth, wondrously transformed, manifesting the great glory of the Lord!
The word “heaven,” from the original, means an elevation, whether literal or spiritual. It includes the natural heaven of this universe, such as the sky and the atmosphere, also called in scripture, the “firmament,” as well as the spiritual Heaven, or the realm of the throne of God! Heaven is a literal realm in this natural universe, and also a spiritual realm, which is the dwelling place of God, Who is Spirit! The spiritual Heaven may be of greater interest to us, yet the truth of the natural, literal heaven of this universe should also be of interest to us. The new world order, or “the world to come,” will be man’s future Home! The new, third world will be established by the new spiritual Heaven, or the third Heaven! Then both the natural, literal heaven, and the natural, literal earth will be transformed by the creative power of our Father, Who reigns in the new spiritual Heaven, which is the realm of His spiritual throne!
We shall consider first the natural, literal heaven, or that which the Bible refers to as the “firmament.” The account in Genesis, telling of the creation of the universe, says this: “And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it (the firmament, or the literal heaven) divide THE WATERS FROM THE WATERS. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were UNDER the firmament from the waters which were ABOVE the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day” (Gen. 1:6-8). Notice that God called the firmament heaven! The firmament, or the literal heaven of that first world, was the original, Edenic creation, which was destroyed by the great flood. That first literal heaven “divided the waters which were UNDER the firmament (or heaven) from the waters which were ABOVE the firmament (or heaven).” Thus, there were two distinct areas of waters, one waters was “UNDER the heavens,” or on earth, and another waters was “ABOVE the heavens,” or above the “firmament,” somewhere in the sky above the atmosphere.
The waters below the firmament, or below the heavens, possibly were the waters of the rivers and lakes on earth in that first world. It has been suggested that the “waters” above the firmament, or above the literal heavens, was a watery canopy, umbrella or bubble that once existed some two hundred miles above the atmosphere in the literal heavens. That watery canopy or sphere may also have been watery clouds that were a little different than the clouds we see now in the literal heavens. Whatever it was that held or contained those waters that were ABOVE the literal heavens, or ABOVE the firmament, that watery canopy protected the earth and its inhabitants from the intense heat of the sun, the extreme cold and the severe storms of rain and snow. It is also likely that when that watery canopy, or bubble in the sky, existed in the first world, there were no tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, rain storms or wind storms, and the earth had a perfect climate for man, so there was no need for heating and air conditioning systems.
That was the condition of the first world, or the old earth of the original Genesis creation, “the world that then was,” as Peter described it! And since that first world existed during man’s early beginnings and ended with Noah, the knowledge of science and geology was not yet developed, leaving no evidence confirming the state or condition of the former earth or of that first world order! Thus, the Bible, anointed and revealed by the Spirit, is our only source for this truth! We should read it often with understanding! Our Father knows the conditions that once existed during that first world, as well as all other truths, and He will reveal more to us in due time, by His Spirit, if it is important for us to know it!
That watery canopy, umbrella or cloud, which once existed in the higher heavens above the earth, created a “greenhouse” effect on earth. It sheltered the earth and protected man from the intense heat of the sun, the cold weather and the many storms of the earth. But that watery canopy, which was in the sky above the earth, no longer exists! It was probably sent to the earth, by God’s Word, causing the great flood of Noah’s day. After the flood, the new world, or the present, second world order began! Peter set forth this truth, when he said, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby THE WORLD (KOSMOS) THAT THEN WAS (the first world), being overflowed with water, PERISHED (that first world was destroyed by the great flood of Noah’s day): But THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH, WHICH ARE NOW (which is the second, present world order, or kosmos), by the same word are kept in store, RESERVED UNTO FIRE (which is the fiery presence of the Lord, Heb. 12:29) against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:3-7).
Let us not be “willingly ignorant” as some are today! Two worlds are referred to here: the first world, or “the world THAT then WAS,” and “the heavens and the earth, WHICH ARE NOW.” The King James version tells us that the former world was “standing (to constitute) out of the water and in the water.” The Bible indicates that the first world, or the world of the Edenic creation, was created out of the water, and was also surrounded by water. The Phillips Translation shows this phrase as, “formed out of the water and surrounded by water.” The previous, Edenic world was formed by water and was also surrounded by water, which was the watery canopy in the heavens surrounding the earth, protecting the earth from the extreme weather of the present world. That was the old world (kosmos) that once existed before the great flood. And that first world, or kosmos, had its own spiritual Heaven that governed it, just as there is a spiritual Heaven that governs each of the three different worlds, or world orders.
The word, “world,” as used in Peter’s prophecy, comes from the Greek word, “kosmos,” and refers to the orderly arrangement of the world. It is a word that suggests an age or a dispensation, as well as the earth and its inhabitants. According to Peter’s anointed Word, there have been two age-worlds (kosmos), or two dispensations! Yet we all know there is at least one more world, dispensation or kosmos yet to come. We are now in a transition period! We are progressing from the second world (kosmos) to the third world (kosmos). And the tests and trials of this “life” are preparing us to make all those necessary changes! That old, former world (kosmos), or first world order, was destroyed by “being overflowed with water!” And that water may have come from that watery canopy that once enveloped the earth as an umbrella or bubble in the skies above the atmosphere! The Lord possibly released those waters that were in the heavens above the earth and sent them to the earth, causing the great flood of Noah’s day.
We also know that the first, or Edenic, world (kosmos), was a more perfect world. It was a world that was ordered and arranged by our Father for the righteous. The sun did not smite the people by day, nor the moon by night, and there were no rain storms or other kinds of storms or natural disasters to trouble mankind, as it has been in this present world order. The earth of that first world was not watered by rain, “But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground” (Gen. 2:6). But man’s sins and iniquities corrupted that better, more perfect world, altered it and destabilized it, causing the Lord to destroy that first world. Then He brought forth another world, the present world order (kosmos), which is a world of judgment unto correction!
That first world was compromised and degraded because of sin, bringing forth this present world order of judgment unto correction! Therefore, this present world, or this second world order, is not the best world (kosmos) for man’s life in the Kingdom of God! But Father has a glorious Purpose for establishing this present age-world! This present world was established by our Father, as a result of man’s sins, TO CORRECT MAN AND BRING FORTH A PERFECT MAN IN THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF CHRIST! That Man must come forth as a result of the tests and trials of this life! And when that PERFECT MAN IN THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF CHRIST HAS COME FORTH, RESULTING IN THE MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD, a new world order, or the third world of righteousness, will then be created and established for all, by our loving and merciful Father!
Father has a wonderful plan to bring forth a new world! It will be a new world order! It will be the third age-world (kosmos), according to Peter’s prophecy; it will be a new Earth wherein dwelleth the Righteousness of Christ. That new world, or third world, will come forth as a result of a new Heaven, which Father is establishing and revealing now! And if we are in tune with this third Heaven, or the new spiritual Heaven of the present, we will have ceased all the former religious works, along with the dead practices of the old, church order! We will then REST in the finished work of Christ, to take our place on our Father’s throne! The third world, or the third kosmos, is being created for the benefit of every person, according to the principles of the blessed Kingdom of our Father! The third age-world will be a world order or kosmos arranged and established by God; it will be A PERFECT WORLD established for the joy and the comfort of the redeemed, in the righteous Kingdom of our Father!
Peter’s anointed, prophetic Word tells us this about the present heavens and earth: “But the heavens and the earth, WHICH ARE NOW, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” In other words, the heavens and the earth of this present era shall be judged by the fiery presence of the Lord. Because of “ungodly men,” or because of the carnal nature in all mankind, the present heavens (the literal sky or atmosphere) and the present earth, which is a kosmos compromised due to sin and iniquity, is being kept or reserved by the Word of the Lord unto the day of judgment. Then, in this “day of judgment,” the sinful “man” will be judged, disciplined, and corrected, in preparation for the new heavens (the literal sky or atmosphere) and the new earth (the third world order), wherein dwells the righteousness of Christ. Man shall be judged and corrected this time, not by the waters of a flood, but by the holy fires of the consuming presence of the Lord (1 Cor. 3:13, Heb. 12:29)! By the Lord’s corrective judgments, the Adamic nature and mind will eventually be removed from everyone, beginning with His elect, bringing forth man in God’s image and likeness!
By His fiery presence, the Lord will remove from all mankind, the Adamic nature and the carnal flesh of man, along with man’s sins and iniquities. Then the present earth will pass away, bringing forth a new Earth governed by the third Heaven of the Kingdom of God. This is according to Father’s plan, which is “written” and planned in the new Heavens, bringing the Righteousness, Peace, Rest, Love and Life of God to all the Earth! As a result of the new Heavens, which now exist, the new, third world may be much like the first world was, for our Father has promised : “the sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night” (Ps. 121:6, see also Is. 49:10). He has also promised that there shall be “a new sky (heaven) and a new earth, for the former sky and the former earth had passed away (vanished), and there no longer existed any sea. [Isa 65:17; 66:22.]”(Rev. 21:1, AMP). In God’s future Kingdom reign, there will be no more seas on earth. But the waters of the seas may be sent back to the heavens again, as it was in Eden’s Heavenly paradise, to become the watery canopy that will protect the earth and its inhabitants from the heat of the sun, the extreme cold and the destructive storms of the present world order.
There is a better world coming, by the creative Word of the Lord! In that new world order, the heavens and the earth will be changed to accommodate the man of the new creation. It is possible that in that new world of the future the waters of the oceans and seas shall be returned to the realm above the literal heavens, which those waters once occupied in the first world. How do we know this? By this Word of the Lord, which tells us, “Lo, He holdeth back the waters (of the seas), and they dry up. He sendeth them out (to the heavens once again), and they (the watery canopy above the atmosphere) transform the earth (Job 12:15, Rotherham). In the new world to come, or the third kosmos, THERE WILL BE NO MORE SEAS OR OCEANS! Then, the waters of the oceans will probably be returned again to their former place in the literal heavens, to become a watery canopy, bubble or cloud above the earth. The restored, NEW HEAVENS, including the watery canopy above the atmosphere, will possibly envelope the earth once again, as it did in that first world. Then, the sun will be filtered through that watery canopy above the atmosphere, drastically reducing the sun’s rays, establishing a more comfortable climate on earth and eliminating the many types of storms that we have now in this present world order of judgment unto correction.
We know all mankind will be changed and transformed into the glorious image and likeness of Christ, BUT IT WILL BE EVERY MAN IN HIS OWN ORDER! Not all will be changed at once! The elect will be transformed first, leaving a vast multitude to be changed in their time, or in their due order, which may be several years or generations later! There will be masses of people in the new world who will not yet be changed, but who will be IN THE PROCESS OF CHANGE! Then, in the new order of the Kingdom of God, Father will bring forth a new world, both for those who are in their new bodies and also for those who are still in their old bodies, but who are being changed, even as we were changed. The climactic, governmental and social conditions of the new world, with Christ and His sons reigning over all, will be such that the multitudes who are awaiting their change will repent simply because of the goodness, the mercy and the grace of the Lord, which will then be clearly evident and manifest everywhere! Righteousness, Peace, Rest, Love and Life will be wondrously manifest and evident in “the world to come,” causing many to seek the Lord without any “altar calls,” or invitations of any other kind! Then, all nations will come running to the Lord, to serve Him faithfully, devotedly and without reservation (Is. 2:2-4, 5:26, 55:5).
This is but a portion of the glory to be revealed and displayed when the Kingdom of God has fully come to earth! There are so many wonderful promises awaiting us in the new world of tomorrow that it should cause us to surrender our wills, as well as our plans and wishes to Him, Who is the King of kings and the Lord of lords! The new world to come will be the best world ever! Then, Christ and His sons shall reign supreme in that new world, resulting in Love, Life, Righteousness, Rest and Peace for all mankind and the whole creation! What a wonderful NEW WORLD we have to look forward to, because of the new Heavens and the new order of the Kingdom of God! And that new Kingdom order is even now guiding all the Lord’s faithful and obedient elect, who have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying!
There now is a new, Spiritual Heaven, which is the realm of Spirit. And it is that realm of Spirit, where the principles of the Kingdom of God exist, and where those Kingdom principles are administered, for the glory of God and the benefit of all! It is that realm of Spirit, or the third Heaven, where the ruling authority of God now exists and where Christ reigns over all things; it also is the present realm of Spirit from which Father sends out His Kingdom Truth and His Kingdom Word, giving guidance to His elect! A new Heaven, or a new realm of Spirit, is now guiding the sons of God. Our Father is leading us according to the principles of the new Heaven, which is His will for “The World To Come!”
(It has been brought to our attention that an error was made
in the last paragraph of the last page of our July 2005 booklet. We erroneously
stated there that when Joseph’s brothers returned from Egypt with grain,
their father, Jacob, had passed away. However, Jacob lived for several years
after that. We spend several hours and days studying the scriptures to avoid
such errors in each of our booklets. Yet, some mistakes can be made. However,
the point of that paragraph was to show the importance of forgiveness. Please
accept our apology for this error!)
Paul and Emily Mueller
P O BOX 25055, Portland, OR 97298-0055